The city of Kuna has been awarded a $150,000 Blue Cross of Idaho High Five Children’s Health Collaborative community grant to promote healthy children and families in Kuna while fighting childhood obeisity.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for Kuna and we were well recognized for all that we are doing already and our efforts to further meet the needs of our kids,” said Kuna Deputy Clerk Chris Engels.
Next year, in addition to Kuna’s 150th anniversary, the city has designated it the “Year of the Kuna Kids”. The money, which will be used for programs and projects over the next three years can be used as the city sees fit, but they plan on involving the public. The programs will promote increased physical activity, improved access to healthy and affordable foods, healthier schools and childcare facilities, parent education and the development of public policies to fight obeisity.
“The first step is a survey of public input,” said Engels. The plan is to get the public’s ideas as to how to promote healthier families in Kuna.
Of the 17 applicants for the grant, seven were determined finalists. The application involved a video tour of the city, the application, and online voting that counted for 25 percent of the final tally for determining the winners. Kuna was ranked second in votes based on population and first overall in total number of votes. There was a total of $750,000 awarded to four Idaho cities with an additional $90,000 awarded to three cities as part of an Ambassador Program. Other cities awarded funds include Nampa ($300,000), Middleton ($150,000) and Lapwai ($150,000).